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Ama Dablam Expedition

Overview

Ama Dablam (6,812 m) is undoubtedly one of the most exquisite and aesthetically pleasing peaks in the Everest region. It is part of the Mahalangur Himal range, which is a section of the Himalayas situated in northeast Nepal and south-central Tibet. This range includes four of the highest peaks in the planet, Mount Everest (8,848 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Makalu (8,463 m) and Cho Oyu (8,188 m).

Ama Dablam in Sherpa language means ‘Mother’s Necklace’. When viewed from Tengboche Monastery the mountain looks like a mother protecting her child. This mountain is not for novice climbers but is popular for the adventurous, experienced mountaineer, who is technically orientated with altitude experience. A difficult route through steep snow, ice and rock slopes, is exhilarating and very exposed to the summit. Fitness level should be high as the difficulty level is very high.

Best peak climbing season is October to November as there is less snow, firm ice, stable rock and flutes that are stunning, natural works of art. The days are warm, crisp and clear with a probability of snow later in the day.

The summit of Mount Ama Dablam affords you a magnificent panorama of the world’s highest mountains.

The first to climb Ama Dablam with its steep faces and soaring ridges was a team led by New Zealander Mike Gill on 13 March 1961, via the Southwest Ridge.

Detail Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.

    On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, warmly greeted by our staff and guides for transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu around Thamel area, the happening spot in Kathmandu with many fine hotels and restaurants with shopping stores and shops, here our guide will brief you with all information regarding Amadablam Expedition. The evening includes authentic Nepalese dinner in a nice local restaurant with cultural-folk programs to entertain you with delicious meals.

  2. Day 02-03: In Kathmandu preparation for Amadablam expedition with optional tour.

    We have reserved two full days for Amadablam Expedition preparation and for paper works, on this free day one can join in our optional tour around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur full of interest within World Heritage Sites, rest of the day last day shopping for the adventure to Amadablam.

  3. Day 04: Fly to Lukla (2,820 m) and walk to Phakding (2,640 m), 4 hrs.

    Morning depart from the hotel for fabulous Everest Base Camp taking a short scenic flight of 30 mins with sweeping panorama of high peaks including Mt. Everest, as the small aircraft lands at Lukla of above (2,820 m) high, from here walk towards Phakding on gradual downhill trail with short ups with views of Kwangde and Kusum-Khanguru peaks as the walk leads through Choplung and Ghat Sherpa villages to reach our overnight stop at Phakding. Phakding village, located above Dudh Koshi River here with time for a short hike around this lovely village to witness Sherpa cultures with an overnight halt in a nice cozy lodge.

  4. Day 05: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m), 5 hrs walks.

    After a pleasant night stop with the sound of river, morning walk leads following the Dudh Koshi River upstream and crossing suspension bridges to reach at Monjo village with grand views of Kwangde and Tharmarserku peaks, from here into Sagarmatha National park (Sagarmatha Nepalese name for Mt. Everest, while Sherpa calls Chomolungma in both languages means 'Great Mother'). Walk proceed towards Jorsalle village and into river valley covered within rhododendron-pines-oaks and fir trees as the route leads uphill for few hours to reach famous Namche Bazaar, where colorful and busy Saturday market is held weekly.

  5. Day 06: Rest day at Namche for acclimatization and local hike.

    An important rest day for proper acclimatization before heading higher elevation, at Namche one can take a short walk to Everest View Hotel of few hours walk uphill or visit the park museum located on top of Namche Bazaar offers grand views of Mt. Everest-Lhotse-Amadablam and other series of snowcapped peaks. Visit its interesting museum full of information regarding Sherpa people, culture with flora/fauna and as well of mountaineering history, rest of the afternoon free at leisure with views of mountains.

  6. Day 07: Trek to Thyangboche Monastery (3,867 m), 5 hrs.

    With a marvelous stop at Namche Bazaar, morning with the short steep climb and then on a pleasant winding trail into alpine woodland with super views of Mt. Everest-Lhotse-Nuptse-Amadablam with other smaller peaks, as the walk continues heading downhill at Phunki-Tenga, a small place by the Imjatse River for lunch. After lunch with few hours climb into serene alpine forest filled with rhododendron-oaks-magnolia-pines-juniper and fir tree lines with constant view of peaks, finally walk leads on a small plateau at Thyangboche Monastery the highest spot of the trek at (3,867 m) high offering mind-blowing views of Mt. Everest-Amadablam and arrays of peaks that surrounds this lovely spot. Here with time to visit it's interesting and famous Buddhist monastery, where in October a great festival Mani Rimdu is held and as well mountaineers takes blessing from the priest for safe and successful climbs.

  7. Day 08: Trek to Pangboche (3,900 m), 4 hrs.

    From Thyangboche after catching morning glorious panorama of mountains and then heading downhill through serene woodland reaching at a metal bridge over Imjatse River, from here with an uphill walk to Pangboche, the last permanent Sherpa farm village around Khumbu and Everest region. Pangboche located within a beautiful spot on route Amadablam and Everest base camp, here with the afternoon free for short hike around and visit the old monastery situated on upper Pangboche village with fabulous views.

  8. Day 09: Trek to Amadablam Base Camp (4,580 m), 4 hrs.

    From Pangboche village downhill toward Imjatse River to cross a small wooden bridge, after leaving the river behind climb leads to steep uphill for an hour reaching a large meadow with a couple of Yak herders huts. After a pleasant stop with views walks leads on gradual up to Amadablam Base Camp. The camp is set on large wide field beneath majestic Mt. Amadablam.

  9. Day 10: Rest Day at Base Camp preparation for the climb.

    A rest day at base camp preparing for the climb where one hike to advance camp with views of beautiful landscapes and mountains during the high walk, afternoon relax and with a final setting for next day adventure.

  10. Day 11-24: Ascent of Amadablam (14 days to summit).

    We have allocated and reserved maximum of two weeks for the summit bid from base camp, during this day with some days busy dividing loads and checking equipment for the final ascent. It is hard to predict exact days for the summit top however from Base Camp climb follows on old grassy moraine ridges eastwards to a broad saddle from one can see a Mingbo-La. From the saddle turn north and climb up rocky ground and finally through boulders to the ridge below Pt.5, 705 which is the site of camp I. There are four or five tents platforms with Camp I Climbing the ridge involves rock climbing of severe standard with steps of VS (USA 5.6) Camp II is at the top yellow tower, which gives one of the hardest pitches on the climb at VS/Hard VS (5.8). From Camp II: Move into the ramp (some stonefall danger) and climb to an amphitheater. Continue up a broad gully on between the gray tower and the lower rock buttress and climb a snow slope to ' Santa's Grotto' at the start of the Mushroom Ridge. Climb on snow and Ice slope following mix section to the top of the highest hanging glacier. An ice crest leads to a magnificent position to the summit top. From the summit with grand vista after a memorable too and classic climb descend back to base camp using the Advance camp on route

  11. Day 25: Cleaning up at Base Camp.

    After great tough days on a climb to the summit and feeling at ease on reaching base camp with overnights, today start cleaning garbage and packing gears as Nepal Himalaya has thousands of trekkers and climbing peaks every year. As a result, piles of unwanted trash and rubbish exist. We help and support in reducing pollution around as we do have a responsibility towards Mother Nature. So clean up the base camp which will be a help reducing the impacts of global warming, then pack up necessary stuff and prepare for a return journey.

  12. Day 26: Trek to Thyangboche, 5 hrs walks.

    From here onward on a long downhill with few climbs as the trail leads towards Pangboche village and then to a bridge, after the bridge back into greens with trees as the route climbs up to Thyangboche Monastery for an overnight stop.

  13. Day 27: Trek to Monjo (2,880 m), 6 hrs.

    After a great time on top Amadablam with excellent views from Thyangbovhe, morning walk on the downhill to Phunki Tenga, then crossing a wooden bridge with climb uphill to Lobesa and Sanasa small villages with a gradual winding path to Kyanjinma. A beautiful spot with few lodges facing Everest-Amadablam and Thamserku peaks, here the chance of spotting some wildlife like Thar, Musk deer and the colorful Danphe (Impeyan pheasant and the national bird of Nepal). After a wonderful time at this scenic quiet spot within serene alpine woodland walk descends towards Namche Bazaar, here having a short rest and then continue to walk downhill towards Monjo for the overnight stop.

  14. Day 28: Trek to Lukla, 4 hrs.

    Our fantastic and fabulous Amadablam Expedition adventure concludes with a walk to Lukla, as the trail leads on the same route following gentle path past Phakding and Ghat villages with a climb to reach Lukla, where you can enjoy the afternoon relaxing and celebrate with staff-guides-porters and fellow member on this last night around high Khumbu within Everest areas.

  15. Day 29: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.

    Early morning transfer to Lukla airport known as Tenzing & Hillary airport with its unique airstrip, sometimes the flight can delay due to bad weather, as the flight arrives from Kathmandu board on the smaller Twin-Otter or Dornier airplane where a scenic flight brings you at hustle and bustle of Kathmandu city life.

  16. Day 30 -31: Free day in Kathmandu with optional sightseeing tour.

    We have reserved two days as contingency and a free day in case of flight delay and cancellation at Lukla due to unpredictable bad weather conditions, on this day you can book for a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu as the valley, filled with most of the World Heritage Sites around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur cities.

  17. Day 32: Transfer to International Airport for flight homeward bound.

    Last day in Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders as per your international flight time our staff will transfer you to the airport for your flight homeward bound or to a respective destination with a wonderful experience on Amadablam Expedition.

What's included !

  • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from Airport both Domestic and International with other necessary surface transport as per itinerary.
  • Assistance at the International airport by Go For Nepal’s representative while arriving and departing.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on B/B basis.
  • All camping equipment in Base camp and Advance Base Camp.
  • Food during expedition period for expedition Members and Staff.
  • Permit for expedition crew.
  • Expedition Permit to climb Amadablam.
  • All staff during Expedition period with experienced Guide (Base Camp Manager).
  • Surface transportation will be available as per itinerary.
  • Cargo clearance & Duties Assistance Service free.
  • Daily wages, equipment allowance & Insurance for expedition Staff.
  • Gamow Bag will be available for expedition group.
  • Solar panel for light and batteries charger will be available for expedition members.
  • Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the ABC.
  • 2 Oxygen Bottles with mask and regulators.( for sharing ) We provide Sherpa’s tents, food for climbing, and insurance.
  • High altitude food for Sherpa and member.
  • All Necessary camping equipment like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents,
  • Per person 30 kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter and 20 kg baggage allowance while returning from Base Camp after climbing the Mountain.
  • Required Experienced, Trained and Government Licensed Climbing Guide(s) during Climbing
  • All wages, equipments, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
  • Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 4 per minute call.
  • Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.
  • Emergency Oxygen and mask regulator.
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and visa extension procedure services (if necessary).
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu before departure.
  • Our service Charges.

What's not included !

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner).
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars.
  • Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phones And Internet expenses.
  • Sleeping Bag, Climbing Plastic Boots, Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears.
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Sherpa Climbing Bonus
  • Airfare of international flights.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance is easy at the arrival) and re entry visa fee.
  • Ice fall Garbage Deposit fees (Sharing with other member) if applicable.
  • Wake talkies & Filming permit.
  • Personal climbing gears.
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.
  • Emergency/Rescue
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.
  • Any other item not included in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” Section.

FAQs

The Basics

  1. What is trekking ?

    Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.

  2. Is trekking good for me ?

    In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.

  3. Do I need a guide? By the way, I have already trekked or hiked before ?

    You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.

  4. How difficult is trekking and climbing ?

    Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.

  5. Is travel insurance necessary ?

    Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.

  6. What types of permit are required for trekking ?

    It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.

  7. How long do we walk each day during the trekking ?

    During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.

  8. What type of accommodation is provided during the trekking ?

    Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.

  9. Will I have to carry my own luggage ?

    Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.

  10. Were the trekking routes damaged by earthquake 2015 ?

    Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.

  11. What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal ?

    There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.

  12. Should I tip guide and porter ? How much should I tip ?

    It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.

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